JUDITH EXNER; mistress of both
• , GiancatSa,and;JFK.
SAM GIANCANA: Mafia chief, had
♦ties with El Howard Hoht CIA.
MARTHA MITCHELL: first to point LBJ:“ We’ve been running a damn
' - ^ ' fingef’^af Nlxpn. ■ * Mbrder'fric^ fn The’ Caribbeani
What are the odds of -30 people — all
involved in the same horrible vandal —
dying within four yean?
Because that’s what happened with Wa-
Since theJbreak-in at the Democratic Na-
tional Headquarters on June 17, 1972, there
have been 30 deaths — many of them violent
— all of people involved in one way or
The odds ' are ■ " at least
100,000,000,000,000,000 to one. (One hun-
dred million billion to one).
An actuary of the London Sunday Times
worked out that figure qfter 18 witnesses in
the assanination of President John F. Ken-
nedy died, within four years of his death.
Now Watergate has surp^sed even that
V MALCOLM ABRAMS
; midnight Staff Writer
The CIA is behind it all. That’s the
conclusion bi Mae Bfussell — one of
America’s foremost assassination ex-
perts — a researcher who has collected
every pertinent newspaper story, every
bOQiC every document since the Water-
;:gate breakrin four years ago on the night
of June 17, 1972. ■ ’
' :->;Miss Brusselt is the only person in
America who perceived the gruesome
!;.string of dsaths that strbtches from Wa-
- 'torgatrto.nbw. v:- '
. She believes that a faction within the
Central Intelilgence Agency is responsi-
ble hot oniysfor Watergate, but for the
assassinations of John and Robert Ken-
, She believes, as President Nixon stat- '
ed on the Watergate tapes, that every-
thing horrible that’s happened In Ameri-
can politics Is connected, starting with
the Bay of Pigs.
Some of the 30 people who died, she
says, knew only about CIA Involvement
in Watergate. Some of them knew much,
A few of the dead, like Martha Mitchell,
Lyndon Johnson, Congressman Hale Boggs
and Mafia hoodlum Sam Giancana, are
well-known. Others might have been — if
they had lived and told their stories.
But 30 are dead. And there's no reason to
believe that there won’t be tbore.
1. Beverly Kaye, 42, died of a “massive
stroke” in December, 1973, while riding in
the White House elevator. She was Secret
Service agent John Bull’s secretary and her
job included the actual storing and preserva-
tion of the White House tapes.
It is almost without question, says Mae
Brussell, that she knew what was on those
tapes, including the 18 minutes of recorded
MAE BRUSSELL has just compfet-
ed .a Look titled “Bevond the Call
of Duty” which deals with the mys-
terious deaths of Watergate figures.
I conversations which w<,re mysteriously
As reported in the West Coast news ser-
vice, “Earth News,” on June 5, 1974, from
the stories she told her friends and
neighbors, she was convinced that the presi- |
dent and his aides were involved in the Wa-
tergate bugging and cover-up.
2. Murray Chotiner, a long-time friend of
N ixon’s was killed when a govemm^t truck
ran into his car on January 23, 1974. At first it
was reported that Chotiner suffered only a
broken leg, but he died a week later.
According to a March 31, 1973 article in
the Los Angeles Times, Chotiner may have
been one of the people who received the tape
recordings made inside the Democratic
campaign headquarters in the Watergate
3. William Mills, the Congressman frdm
Maryland, was found shot to death — an
apparent suicide — one day eifter it was dis-
closed that he failed to report a $25,000 cam-
paign contribution given to him by President
Nixon’s re-election finance committee.
Mills, 48„was discovered with a 12-gauge
shotgun by his feet and an “alleged suicide
note” pinned to his.body. In all, seven Such
notes were found, apparently written by
Mills, although this was never verified.
According to Miss Brussell, the $25,000
came from the $1.7 million dollar secret fund
for “dirty tricks” used by the Committee to
Re-Elect the President. . "
4. and 5. James Webster and James Glover,
key men in Congressman Mills’ campaign,
were killed' in a car accident in February of
1972. Another campaign worker stated in the
Washington Post on May 23, 1973, that the
■ illegal $25,000 contribution was delivered to
Mills’ campaign manager James Webster.
6. Hale Boggs, the Congressman from
Louisiana and a member of the Warren
Commission, died in July of 1972, one mpnth
after the Watergate arrests. Boggs and two
other men disappeared when the light air- |
craft in which they were flying crashed in '
The Los Angeles Star, on November 22, '
1973, reported that “Boggs had startling rev-
elations on Watergate' and the assassination
of President Kennedy.”
Richard Nixon made some unintelligible
remarks about Congressman- Boggs which
were recorded on the White House tapes,
just seven days after the Watergate break-in.
7. Dorothy Hunt, the wife of convicted
White House ‘‘plumber” E. Howard Hunt,
was killed, along with 41 other people, when
United Airlines Flight 553 crashed near Chi-
cago’s O’Hare Airport on Dec. 8, 1972.
, Mrs. Hunt, who, like her husband, had ^
worked for the CIA, was allegedly carrying
$100,000 in “hush” money so her husband
would not implicate White House officials in ‘
"nie day after the crash. White House aide i
Egil (Bud) Krogh was appointed Undersec-
retary of Transportation, supervising the
National Transportation Safety, Board and
the Federal Aviation Association — the two
agencies charged with^investigating the
A week later, t^ixon’s deputy assistant
Alexander Butterfield was made the new
head of the FA A, and five weeks later
Dwight Chapin, the president’s appointment
secretary, was dispatched to Chicago to be-
come a fop executive with United Airlines.
The airplane crash was blamed on equip-
8. and 9. Ralph Blodgett and James Krue-
ger, attorneys for N orthern N atural Gas Co. ,
were killed in the same airplane as Mrs.
Hunt. ' , j ■
The two men. Miss Brussell contends, had
documents linking Attorney Genera) John
Mitphell to Watergate, and documents of a
secret transfer of El Paso Natural Gas Co.
stock made to Mitchell after the Justice De- i
partment dropped a $300 million anti-trust
suit against the company.
The money from these stocks may have
been used for political espionage.
Blodgett told friends before boarding the
plane in Washington that he would “never
live to get to Chicago.”
10. and 11. Dr. and Mrs. Gary Morris died |
in March of 1972 whenr their boat myster-
iously disappeared off the Caribbean island
of St. Lucia. Their bodies were never found.
But their names were on the dead body of
Mrs. Dorothy Hunt, according to an article in
the Oct. 3, 1975 Washington Post.
“The plane crash that killed Mrs. Hunt in
Martha Mitchell was number 30.
The thirties key figure in the Watergate scandal to die .
Murders, suicides, automobile smashups, mysterious illnesses
airplane crashes, one after another they took the lives of people who
knew too much about Watergate.
Who will be the next victiip to be struck down?
dldn>7So»«r **“' Committee
What terrible truths are being kept from the American people?
Who has what to hide?
Chicago has now been officially ruled an ac-
cident,” the story stated. “But there’s one
bizarre coincidence that may never be ex-
plained. . j
“Her red wallet at the time of her death j
had a slip of paper with the name of a s
Washington psychiatrist. Dr. Gary Morris i
on it.” ’ i
Neither Howard Hunt nor his wife were |
patients of the doctor, who was already dead •'
at the time of the plane crash. t
It is interesting to note, Mae Brussell says, S
that Dr. Morris was an expert in hypnosis ?
and that Mr. Hunt used “mind control” in
his espionage work. , i
12. J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI, died i
I on May 1, 1972, a month before Watei^te. '
There is considerahie evidence that he may >
have known about the VHiite House “dirtv '
An article in the Harvard Crimson quotes
Felipe De Diego, a Cuban exile who took
part in the break-in at psychiatrist Daniel
Ellsberg’s office, as saying:
“Two burglaries took place at Hoover’s
Washington home. The first was in the win-
ter of 1972 to retrieve documents that might ’
be used for blackmail against the White
House. ’ .
“After the first burglary,” according to
Diego, "a second burglary was carried out; *
this time, whether by design or misunder- '
standing, a poison, thyonphosphate genre, ~
was placed in Hoover’s personaf toilet arti- ;
cles. Hoqyer died shortly after that.” ■
Thyonphosphate genre is a drug that in-
duces heart seizures.. Its presence in a '
corpse is undetectable without an autopsy.
No autopsy was ever performed on the
body of J. Edgar Hoover.
13. Sam Giancana, the Mafia chief, was,:
• murdered on June 22, 1975, as he was about '
to testify before Sen. Frank Church’s Senate |
I Committee, investigating the use of un- ‘
derworld figures by the CIA, for the purpose
of assassinating foreign leaders. Giancana >
had ties to E. Howard Hunt and the CIA.
His murder is unsolved, although police
say “it didn’t look like a Mafia hit,” His
former girlfriend, Judith Campbell Exner re-
cently j-evealed her secTet romance with
14. Lyndon Baines Johnson, the former
president, died on January 20, 1973, in a heli-
copter ambulance en route to San Antonio.
Three months before his death, Johnson
was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle as
saying, “We’ve been running a damn Murder
Inc. in the Caribbean.” This was two years
before Sen. Church’s committee revealed the
plots to assassinate foreign leaders.
^ “Coincidentally,!’ Mae Brussell says,
“Johnson died in the arms of secret service
agent Mike Howard, who in 1%3 had been
assigned to protect Marina Oswald after her
husband was killed.”
! 15. Geoi^e Bell, assistant to Charles Coul-
son, special counsel to the White House,
died of unreported causes on June 30, 1973.
When questioned about President Nixon’s
infamous “enemies list,” Coulson told the
House Subcommittee Investigating Water-
gate that the “lateGeorge Bell” was respon-
sible for the list of 200 celebrities and politi-
cians whom the President considered dan-
16. Lee Pennington, Jr., a CIA agent, died
of an apparent heart attack, in October of
1974. IiTunediately after the Watergate ar-
rests two years earlier, he had been sent to
ransack burglar James McCord’s home.
Richard Helms, the CIA chief at the time,
did not reveal this fact to any investigators.
, It was not until June 28, 1974, four months
before Pennington’s death, that the newCIA
director, William Colby, reported to Sen.
“The results of bur investigation clearly
show that the CIA had in its possession, as
early as June, 1972, information that one of
its paid operatives, Lee R. Pennington, Jr.,
had entered the James McCord residence
shortly after the Waterpte break-in and de-
stroyed documents which might show a link
between McCord and the CIA.”
17. J. Clifford Dieterich, a 28-year-old se-
cret service agent assigned to Nixon, was
killed when the president’s helicopter
crashed off the Bahamas in May of 1973.
Dieterich was one of seven men in the
helicopter, but the only one to die. Miss
Bmssell believes that in guarding Richard
Nixon, he may have come to know too
18. Clay Shaw, who years earlier had been
acquitted of conspiring to kill John F. Ken-
nedy, died of a heart attack, on August 16,
His death came just weeks after Victor
Marchetti, author of “The Cult of Intelli-
gence,” revealed that Shaw had worked for
the CIA. He had been on assignment in Me-
xico in 1 963 at the same time as CIA agent E.
Howard Hunt and Lee Harvey Oswald.
Shaw was cremated. There was no au-
19. Merle D.'Baumgart, an aide to Rep.
Peter Rodino of the House Judiciary
Committee on Impeachment, was killed in a
traffic accident on May 20, 1975.
Washington police described his death as “a
routine traffic accident’ ’ — until they receiv-
ed an anonymous call to “look into it.”
According to the Portland Oregonian of
June 30, 1975, U.S. agents joined the probe
but kept it secret because of the “stature of
some individuals who might be involved.”
Miss Brussell speculates that in his work
to impeach Nixon, Baumgart may have
come across some dangerous information.
20. Nikos J. Vardinoyiannis, a Greek
shipowner who contributed fupds to Nixon’s
presidential campaign, died of undisclosed
causes in 1973. Watergate prosecutor Leon
Jaworski was investigating Vardinoyiannis
when the Justice Department declared that
the Greek’s contribution of $27,000 was not
The Department reached this conclusion,
Mae Brussell says, even though the contri-
bution was made after one of Vardinoyian-
nis’ companies was contracted to supply fuel
fortheU.S. 6th Fleet, and even though feder-
al law bars foreign contractors from contri-
buting to U.S. political campaigns. _
21. Joseph Tonuissi, the 24-year-old head of
the American Nazi Party in Califor nia was
shot to death on the front steps of his Los
Angeles lieadquarters, on August 15, 197.5.
Two j^ars earlier, the Los Angeles Times
had reported that “the Committee to Re-
Elect the President gave $ 1 0,000 in undisclos- j
ed fonds to finance a surreptitious campaign
to remove George Wallace’s American In-
dependent Party from the 1972 California
The Times went on to say that “$l,200 of
the fund found its way to Joe Tomassi, head
of the Nazi Party in California.”
22. Mrs. Louise Boyer, Nelson Rockefel-
ler’s assistant for 30 years, fell to her death
from a 10th story New York apartment on
July 3, 1974.
At the time, as a consequence of Watergate,
Rockefeller wa$ being considered for the
vice-presidency. Accusations had been made
that he had been involved in the illegal remov-
al o^ gold from Ft. Knox. It’s believed that
Mrs. Boyer supplied the investigators with
23. Jose Joaquin Sangenis Perdimo, a Cu-
ban exile who worked with the CIA at the
Bay of Pigs, died mysteriously, in 1974.
Code-named “Felix,” he had worked with
Watergate plumbers Hunt and Barker. In
1972 he was awarded a secret merit medal by ■
24. Rolando .Masferrer, another Cuban
exil6 employed by the ClAi was blown to
bits when his car exploded on October 5,
1975. Masferrer had worked with “plumb-
ers” Hunt, Sturgis and Barker.
According to Miss Brussell, “He would
have been investigated for his activities in
connection with assassination attempts on
foreign leaders, had he not been killed.”
25. Lou Russell, an old friend of Nixon's
from the “Red Scare” days, died of natural
causes on July 31, 1973.
In testimony before the Senate Select
Committee on Presidential Campaign Acti-
vities, Nixon’s secretary Rosemary Wood,
stated: “I met Lou Russell once when he
came to the office. He said he worked on the
old HouseUn-American Activity Committee
and that he needed a job.”
Russell found a job alright, with “McCord-
Associates,” a CIA front run by Watergater
James McCord. ’
26. Jack Cleveland, a partner of the presi-
dent’s brother Donald Nixon, died in Can-
ada in November of 1973. At the time he
was wanted for questioning in connection
with a possible government pay-off to How-
Cleveland was suspected of being a go-
between in a deal whereby Nixon’s brother
gained an interest in a large Nevada ranch
allegedly in exchange for the president’s
clearing the way for the billionaire’s take-
over of Air West.
“When Watergate came apart,!’ Miss
Brussell says, ‘'this deal came under investi-
27 . Richard Lavoie, chief of security for
International Telegraph and Telephone,
died of a heart attack on December 27, 1972.
At the time Lavoie was guarding Ditta
Beard, an ITT secretary who claimed she
had a memo that her company had contribut-
ed $400,000 to Nixon’s campaign fund so
that John Mitchell would not bust up some of
When columnist Jack Anderson broke this
story. Miss Beard was moved from
Washington to Denver, Colo., where she
was hospitalized for an apparent heart at-
mCHARD M. NIXON: hisTUtiiileiis
c(uest for power jed to the' brg 0 ^t
scahdal in American political hi3-^
' tory and may have led to the deaths
' of 30 people. - ^
tack. She was whisked away, Anderson
claimed, so that she couldn’t testify. <
Miss Brussell suspects that Lavoie may
have heard too much from Ditta Beard.
28. Mn. Andrew Topping, the wife of a
man arrested for plotting to kill Nixon, died 1
oLgunshot wounds on April 6, 1972, two
weeks after the Watergate break-in. "Her ’
death was declared a suicide.
Andrew Topping told police that”‘pro-
rightist forces” beyond his'control caused >
his wife’s death.
29. James Morton, was President Gerald
Ford’s campaign treasurer. According to a
New York Times report of NoveijjDer 2, ■
1973, Ford was being questioned by a senate
committee prior to his appointment as vice '
president, and was asked about a secret sum
of $38,000 used in his campaign for the
House of Representatives.
The Times story stated, “Ford confirmed
under questioning that a committee organiz-
ed in Washington raised $38,216 for his re-
election in 1972... but Ford said he did not
know the names of the donors because the
committee treasurer, James- G. Morton is
Like so much of the Watergate money.
Miss Brussell notes, no records were kept.
30. Martha Mitchell, estranged wife of the
former attorney general, died on Memorial
Day, 1976. A constant “pain in the side” of
the Watergate conspirators, she was the first
person to point the finger at Richard Nixon,
and suggest he resign.